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Special Music School Alumnus Profile: Dwight Rivera

“Studying music made me really curious about everything. I love science and I love history. It gave me a curiosity about everything in the world that I don’t think anything else would have.” Dwight Rivera doesn’t precisely remember beginning his piano studies as a Special Music School kindergartner back in 1996, the year the school first opened. Bu…

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Special Music School Alumna Profile: Chloe Holgate

“Music is a second language to me. It’s just so comfortable and such a fun challenge. That does give you a different perspective on life." Chloe Holgate vividly remembers her first day at Special Music School, when she auditioned for a spot in the brand new school’s first grade. “I didn’t know it was an audition,” she recalls. “I …

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Special Music School Alumna Profile: Luiko Yoshimoto

“At SMS there was an amazing balance between academics and music, and I think that was possible because of the faculty and the community here. I strongly believe that you really can’t find a school like this anywhere else.” When Luiko Yoshimoto first came to Special Music School as a kindergartener, she loved the small class size and supportive atmospher…

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Michelle David

“Maybe in the future we will be an inspiration to other women composers, who won’t be afraid of showing their music to the world.”                Special Music School High School senior Michelle David vividly recalls the little toy keyboard that first sparked her love of music. &l…

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Josh Kail

"Music has taught me to believe in myself.” Violist Josh Kail, a senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), doesn’t remember exactly what first inspired him to pick up the violin as a second grader. But he vividly recalls the camaraderie that he felt while making music with his fellow students at Central Park East II, a publ…

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Announcing the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

New Composition Mentorship Program for Teen Girls Addresses Gender Gap in the Field of Classical Music, Inspires Young Women to Compose Kaufman Music Center and Luna Composition Lab founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid announce the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. The three aspiring teen composers will be mentored by established women composers and have their works …

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Kaufman Community Discounts

Students, their families and faculty at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, Lucy Moses School and Face the Music get big discounts on tickets to concerts in selected series at Merkin Concert Hall. To claim the Kaufman discount, purchase tickets in person (limit of 2 per concert) or by phone at 212 501 3330 and identify yourself as a student, family member of …

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Read About Special Music School in the New York Post

Read about Special Music School in the New York Post! "They’re hitting an academic high note," writes Selim Algar in the New York Post. "Students at a Manhattan public school spend more time practicing their piano and cello than hitting their textbooks, and still manage to drown out the competition in math and English. "The Special Music School at the Kaufman Music …

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Special Music School Alumnus Profle: Luis Diaz

“What I gained and what I felt at Special Music School—that wonder, that desire, that curiosity, and that sense of abandon and childlike passion—has acted as the catalyst for everything that I’ve become today.”   Luis Diaz first picked up the recorder in fourth grade at his elementary school in Upper Manhattan and soon earned a scholarsh…

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Student, Faculty & Parent News - Summer 2016

LUCY MOSES SCHOOL Piano students of Catherine Fabian – Davin Khan (age 9), Aidan Khan (age 12), Chenghiz Chakmak (age 11) and Sean Zhang (age 15) – participated in the Long Island Music Teachers Association Music Festival on June 12. All four students scored 100% and were awarded gold medals. LMS students of Bonnie McAlvin (Theory) wrote and produced their own…

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